Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]


Arkansas U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Three Republicans competed for the seat left open by retiring incumbent Tim Griffin: French Hill, Ann Clemmer and Conrad Reynolds. Hill, the frontrunner in the race, was victorious in the Republican primary.[3][4] He will face Patrick Hays (D) in the general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to vote by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014.[8]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Tim Griffin (R), who was first elected in 2010. Griffin is not seeking re-election in 2014.[9]

The 2nd Congressional District is located in central Arkansas. White, Van Buren, Conway, Perry, Saline, Faulkner and Pulaski counties are included in the new boundaries of the district.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party French Hill
Democratic Party Patrick Hays
Libertarian Party Debbie Standiford


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Primary results

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 55.1% 29,916
Ann Clemmer 22.8% 12,400
Conrad Reynolds 22.1% 11,994
Total Votes 54,310
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Endorsements

Patrick Hays

Hays was endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition.[13]

Polls

General election

General election
Poll French Hill Patrick HaysDebbie StandifordUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College (July 22-25, 2014)
44%43%3%10%+/-4.5483
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Republican Primary
Poll French Hill Conrad ReynoldsAnn ClemmerDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business-Hendrix College (April 29, 2014)
59%14%7%20%+/-5.1360
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Ann Clemmer


Clemmer's first ad, attacking French Hill

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[14] Griffin joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[15][16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Griffin voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Griffin voted for HR 2775.[21]

Campaign contributions

Pat Hays

Pat Hays (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 31, 2013$0$231,097$(18,573)$212,523
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$212,523$353,988$(94,845)$471,667
Pre-Primary[24]May 8, 2014$471,667$63,615$(27,233)$508,049
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2014$508,049$230,735$(117,987)$620,797
Running totals
$879,435$(258,638)

French Hill

French Hill (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$0$570,114$(39,138)$530,975
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$530,975$300,133$(116,674)$714,434
Pre-Primary[28]May 8, 2014$714,434$66,827$(402,612)$378,650
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$378,650$340,736$(251,398)$467,987
Running totals
$1,277,810$(809,822)

Ann Clemmer

Ann Clemmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$0$94,856$(6,774)$88,081
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$88,081$53,412$(40,959)$100,534
Pre-Primary[32]May 9, 2014$100,534$11,622$(60,527)$51,629
Running totals
$159,890$(108,260)

Conrad Reynolds

Conrad Reynolds (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 27, 2014$0$7,695$(473)$7,222
April Quarterly[34]April 14, 2014$7,222$91,376$(32,475)$66,123
Pre-Primary[35]May 9, 2014$66,123$2,919$(24,027)$45,015
Running totals
$101,990$(56,975)

**As of the Pre-Primary Report, Reynolds's committee owed $65,000 in outstanding loans to Conrad Reynolds.

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Tim Griffin (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Herb Rule in the general election.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Herb Rule 39.5% 113,156
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin Incumbent 55.2% 158,175
     Green Barbara Ward 3% 8,566
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 2.3% 6,701
Total Votes 286,598
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Griffin won election to the United States House. He defeated Joyce Elliott (D), Lance Levi (I) and Lewis Kennedy (G) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.9% 122,091
     Democratic Joyce Elliott 38.3% 80,687
     Independent Lance Levi 2.1% 4,421
     Green Lewis Kennedy 1.7% 3,599
Total Votes 210,798

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Talk Business, "French Hill, Bruce Westerman Hold Big Leads In Congressional Races," May 4, 2014
  4. The Arkansas CW, "Arkansas - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Arkansas Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Politico, "Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin won't seek re-election in 2014," October 21, 2013
  10. Arkansas April 2011 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 23, 2012
  11. Arkansas Times, " Arkansas Elections Asa Hutchinson 'nudges' French Hill to run for 2nd District Congress. It worked," October 29, 2013
  12. Arkansas Business, "Pat Hays Announces Run for 2nd District Seat," October 22, 2013
  13. Politico, "Obama goes south — Schatz, Sullivan post new ads — Christie returns to New Hampshire — SCF sends funds to McDaniel legal fund," July 9, 2014
  14. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays Year-End," accessed February 10, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013